Teachers & Support Staff
School of Natural Medicine founded by Farida Sharan ND 1977 – 2016 in Cambridge UK
School of Natural Medicine founded by Farida Sharan ND in Boulder, Colorado USA 1988 – 2016
School of Natural Medicine, Cambridge, England Online Courses & Integrated Immersions
Natural Medicine Teachers of the School of Natural Medicine International PureHealth offer Integrated Immersions & personally mentored Online Courses combining Naturopathy, Iridology, Herbal Medicine & Healing Diets prime care skills together with Essential Oils, Reflexology & Flower Essences.
Students progress through studies enhanced by Self Healing embodiment of the teachings that prepares students to receive advanced uniquely personal & professional skills based on their natural intelligence and gifts.
FARIDA SHARAN ND MH MIr FGNI FBRI MDMA
“I developed teachings based on the philosophy of purification, regeneration and transformation after healing breast cancer through natural & mystic Self-Healing in the early seventies. I personally mentor students to become a living example of the laws of nature in their life and work as wisdom embodiment & to share truth as a teacher and guide for seekers of health and healing.” Farida Sharan
“What a truly inspired being, Farida is. Most teachers exist somewhere between the id and the ego. Farida occupies a space far beyond selfish existence and that made all the difference in my life.” Chris Whyrick, Naturopathy, Washington DC“I am very much enjoying my time at your school. You have a vibrant lovely energy that surrounds you. Having you as a teacher is more than a learning experience, it’s also a spiritual journey.” Necia Betts, Utah
Farida’s first experience with Iridology in 1975 was when she was told her eyes had turned blue!!! She later learned the cleansing that had healed the cause of her breast cancer also released the yellow and brown pigments from her iris. During this healing, her vision improved to the extent that she no longer needed to wear glasses! This Self Healing is the inspiration from experience and the foundation of the principles of purification, regeneration and transformation.
After working in Health Spas and living in Healing Centres in California and Arizona, Farida studied Iridology, Naturopathy & Herbal Medicine with Dr. Raymond Christopher’s School of Natural Healing in 1976, received her Master Herbalist Diploma in 1981, and completed Naturopathy studies in the United Kingdom.
Farida Sharan, ND, is the Founder and Director of PureHealth School of Natural Medicine in Boulder, Colorado, USA (1988 – 2016) and School of Natural Medicine International in Cambridge, England (1979 – 2016)), an author, educator, Natural Physician, mystic yoga teacher, international lecturer & seminar leader. She sponsored conferences in Cambridge, England for advanced studies with Dr. Bernard Jensen, Chiropractor & Iridologist, Dr. John Raymond Christopher, Dorothy Hall integrating Herbal Medicine & Radionics with Iridology, Willy Hauser HP student of Josef Deck, Harri Wolf synthesis of Iridology & Homeopathy, and Denny Johnson of the Rayid Model.
HAYLEY PORTER, Healing Diets Coach, Essential Oils & Flower Essence Practitioner, Reflexologist, Massage Therapist, Yoga Instructor, Reiki Master.
Hayley Porter continues the spirit of SNM in Boulder, Colorado, teaching Healing Diets & Reflexology Immersions and practicing the teachings as well as combining them with her own uniquely creative practice and classes. (Hayley-on the left of the photo-guides a Healing Diets student, Carla, from Costa Rica)
Hayley is a Colorado native and has a passion for health as her own journey progresses. Using food as medicine, she overcame maladies and traumas within her own body and is grateful to be able to assist others on the same path. Hayley has been studying to be a Natural Physician in Boulder for the past 5 years. She is currently completing her diplomas as a Master Iridologist, Naturopath and Master Herbalist. She has been a massage therapist for 6 years and a yoga teacher for 2 years.
In 2013, Hayley was invited to speak with Dr. T. Colin Campbell, author of The China Study, and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, author of Forks Over Knives on the Holistic Holiday at Sea™ cruise. She co-authored lectures with Dr. Jay Darji, M.D. on Herbal Medicine and Natural Cancer Therapies.
Hayley worked as a raw foods chef at a detoxification, BodyMind meditation and yoga retreat center in Ithaca, New York and inn Jamez, New Mexico as well as a live-in nutritionist and chef in Tulum, Mexico. She is now teaching the Reflexology courses and Healing Diets Nutrition Courses with Farida Sharan at PureHealth, the School of Natural Medicine in Boulder, Colorado.
She also teaches private and group courses on how to be independently healthy with topics such as: Herbal Medicine, women’s health and empowerment, Iridology, food preparation, self-naturopathic treatments and natural product making.
“I have witnessed healing within others and in such a profound way WITHIN MYSELF. I have seen the changes in my eyes witnessed by Iridology, body, mental state and even in my family patterns.” Self Healing is the path!
In 10th grade Haley Porter was mentored under the Nobel Peace Prize program, PeaceJam, to teach young people how to change the world, meet Nobel Peace Prize recipients, Jane Goodall, Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama. As her personal mission she has chosen to heal the people of the world.
BRIGITTE MARS, Master Herbalist, AHG, author
Brigitte Mars MH, is a favourite teacher at the School of Natural Medicine since 1989.
She contributes teaching to Healing Diets and Herbal Medicine Diploma classes in Boulder, Colorado, inspiring students with her passionate and informed presentations based on years of study, research and practice.
A Master Herbalist and a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild, Brigitte offers over 40 years’ experience in natural lifestyles. In the early seventies, she lived for 2 1/2 years, on wild edible plants while living in a tipi in the Ozark mountains.
The author of The Desktop Guide to Herbal Medicine, Country Almanac of Home Remedies, Addiction Free Naturally, The Sexual Herbal, The Hemp Nut Cookbook, Rawsome!, Brigitte was the original co-creator of Unitea Herbal Tea Company in Boulder, Colorado.
Brigitte teaches at Naropa University, Bauman College of Holistic Health, School of Natural Medicine, Just for the Health of It School of Reflexology and Healing Arts, Boulder College of Massage Therapy, Esalen Institute, Kripalu, and at an Icelandic healing arts school called Heilsumeistraskolinn that Farida founded with Icelandic partners.
She also has a private practice, teaches regular classes and wildcrafting hikes and contributes to Boulder’s natural pharmacy, Pharmaca. Brigitte presents a local weekly radio show on KGNU called Naturally and is a regular columnist for the Huffington Post.
Brigitte is the mother of Sunflower Sparkle Mars, a dance teacher and Rainbeau Harmony Mars, actress, international model, yogini & Lifestyle Coach. www.rainbeaumars.com.
HEIDI JARVIS, ND, MH, Mir, CA (Clinical Aromatherapist), NAHA & AIA approved, Reiki Master, and Flower Essence Practitioner.
Heidi Jarvis ND graduated from the School of Natural Medicine in 2000. She manages School of Natural Medicine Herbs of Grace dispensary, providing herbal formulas to Self Healing students and graduates, and filling client orders for graduates. From Earth Pharmaceuticals, an organic farm, on her property in Arvada, Colorado, Heidi grows herbs for Herbs of Grace, the school herbal nutrient pharmacy/dispensary for the Self Healing Module, and creates formulas and natural body care products from her company, ‘Natur’, which are available in health food stores.
Heidi has a deep knowledge and experience of herbal medicine, wildcrafting, and nutrients, and has been a well loved instructor during the Herbal Immersion and Wildcrafting Campouts for more than 10 years. She is dedicated to helping people take charge of their health and teaching students the true healing of nature.
Prior to her studies with the School of Natural Medicine, Heidi had 10 years of experience in the health food industry and 5 years of experience with gardens. Her extensive experience and skills have been a valuable contribution to her Herbal Herbal Medicine Immersion trainings held yearly at her gardens, greenhouses and herbal pharmacy / dispensary in Aurora, Colorado.
Thank you, Heidi, for showing the way. I am grateful to have such an amazing teacher who has opened a new door for me to slowly walk into.” Lauren
“It is great to be surrounded and inspired by like-minded souls with similar goals. I totally appreciate the loving, non-judgmental environment at the School of Natural Medicine that allows for personal emotional exploration and processes.” Jaden
CAROLYN OAKLEY, Computer Design Consultant for Books, DVD’s. website and more!
Carolyn’s contribution to the school over 20 years is rich in laughter, creativity and results! We began nearly 20 years ago with the first edition of Herbs of Grace, then moved on to Creative Menopause, followed by Flower Child, and contributions to DVD covers. Five years ago it was time to make the books available to Amazon so Carolyn and I continued our weekly 2 – 3 hour sessions, transforming Herbs of Grace, DVD’s and creating The Old Man & His Soul book.
Truly, Carolyn is my teacher of all things INTERNET! Nothing like learning to copy and paste to get around a stubborn computer resistance. When we began the shift of www.purehealth.com School of Natural Medicine website to Word Press, I knew I treasured my dear assistant even more.
When she joined a Reflexology class and then Healing Diets, she reported significant health improvements, and her daughter so loved the new foods she lost over 30 pounds.
Recently, over 2 years, we worked on many aspects of designing and creating the new logo, website pages, including the many visuals, and she helped me learn SEO and Mail Chimp. Our two year achievement revising and updating IRIDOLOGY – A Complete Guide was accomplished in 2014.
We have journeyed through Microsoft Word, Pages, Quark, In Design, PhotoShop, Excel and other programs and always Carolyn’s gentle patience, calm and sense of grounded presence stilled my impatience and made the day. The School of Natural Medicine could not be what it is without the creative loving contribution of my very dear friend and co-creative assistant, Carolyn Oakley of Luminous Moon Designs. I can never show enough gratitude and when we share a meal or an adventure it is made even more special by the respect and appreciation we share and the memories over the past 20 years.
MARCO CHUNG-SHU LAM, Licensed Acupuncturist, Herbalist, Director of the Mandala Integrative Medicine Clinic, Boulder, Colorado
Marco contributed teaching to Herbal Medicine classes during the past 15 years, first welcoming students to his incredible gardens when he was guardian at the Star House in the meadows above Boulder, then taking students on hikes to mountain meadows and streams for wildcrafting and plan recognition, and then later to his pharmacy/dispensary of Herbal Medicines. Marco offers a depth of understanding that awakens students to explore and discover connection with nature and its abundance of valuable plants. Students always rave about his classes!
Marco Chung-Shu Lam draws from his Chinese heritage an affinity for both traditional Chinese medicine and the Taoist world view. The ancient sages believed that health and peace came from being in harmony with the deeper currents of nature.
Marco earned his B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara with a thesis on the holistic treatment of immune disorders. His education includes graduate work in both Taoist and Buddhist Studies and time spent practicing Qigong and Chinese Medicine in a Taoist Monastery. Marco was an instructor at the Connecting Point Massage School in Telluride, Colorado where he taught Shiatsu and whole food nutrition. He studied Chinese Medicine at both the Tai Hsuan Monastery and at the Hawaii College of Traditional Oriental Medicine. He received his Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from the Southwest Acupuncture College, a nationally accredited school.
Marco has a gentle touch and works with many patients who are afraid of needles, including children and elders. Marco practices the living system of herbalism and integrates traditional Chinese Herbology with local medicinal herbs that he harvests himself. He invites you to the path of Chinese Medicine and to the fullness of health that you can experience.
BILL FANNING ND MIR MH, Healing Diets Counselor, Sports Consultant, Iridology Educator
After graduating from the School of Natural Medicine as a Naturopath, Master Iridologist & Master Herbalist, Bill began contributing as an Iridology educator, due to his extensive photography, computer and teaching experience.
Teaching Iris Photography is a rare skill and Bill manages to inspire students to attain superb photographs.
Bill also excels in teaching brain anatomy, so important to understand when studying the iris of the eye and its unique connection to the brain as the only original brain tissue that meets the outside world!
Bill lives in the mountains near Nederland, around 6500 feet, with his family and enjoys raising his son Jamal.
Bill created a company, Body of Balance, to focus his Natural Medicine practice, Iridology & teachings, and participates as founding partner in The Nth Degree LLD (turning potential into Performance) and Total Aligned Performance LLC to inspire and support athletes toward optimum performance. We are grateful to Bill for his valuable contributions to Iris Photography classes.
“Our Iridology Photography guest teacher, School of Natural Medicine Graduate Naturopath, Master Herbalist & Master Iridologist, Bill Fanning ND, of Body of Balance in Boulder, was fabulous. He created a nice change of speed in the class when he demonstrated taking Iris photos.” Juulia, Naturopathy student.
AMY MC CLURE, Owner of Intuitive Enterprises – Accountant, Bookkeeper, Business Planning
Amy contributes an essential role in keeping School of Natural Medicine USA up to date with accounting, taxes and bookkeeping. Always a joy to welcome Amy for our accounting sessions. Thank you Amy for all you do to keep School of Natural Medicine thriving.
Amy says: “I started Intuitive Enterprises to offer accounting, bookkeeping, and business planning primarily for the creative professions and other small business owners who like our different approach.
I graduated from Murray State University, in Kentucky with a Masters Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting in 1998. I went straight into the workforce as an auditor at a top national accounting firm in Nashville, Tennessee.
Later, I took a job as an Inventory Accounting Manager at a music company with a perfect opportunity to move to Colorado.
After a few years, I switched to a surveillance equipment company working as the only accountant and office manager.
I then decided that I wanted to combine my skills and strengths of accounting, bookkeeping, and communicating with my passions for healing, performance arts and working with creative types who just needed a little more help with the black and white word of accounting.